Thomas Steele (politician)

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Thomas Steele (17 November 1753 – 8 December 1823) was a British politician at the turn of the nineteenth century.[1]

He was born the eldest son of Thomas Steele, Recorder of Chichester and educated at Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge.

After studying law at the Middle Temple he was elected as MP for Chichester in 1780, holding the seat until 1807.

He held the post of Joint Secretary to the Treasury from 1783 to 1791, Joint Paymaster of the Forces from 1791 to 1804, and King's Remembrancer from 1797 to 1823. He was a friend of William Pitt the Younger.[2]

He died in 1823. He had married Charlotte Amelia, the daughter of Sir David Lindsay, 4th Baronet, of Evelick, Perth and had a son and two daughters. Steel(e) Point, on Sydney Harbour, Australia, was named for him when he was Joint Secretary to the Treasury during the time of Arthur Phillip's governorship.


  1. ^ "STEELE, Thomas (1753-1823), of Westhampnett, nr. Chichester, Suss". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  2. ^ "'He was something between God and man'". Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
William Keppel
Thomas Conolly
Member of Parliament for Chichester
With: William Keppel 1780–1782
Percy Charles Wyndham 1782–1784
George White-Thomas 1784–1801
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Member of Parliament for Chichester
With: George White-Thomas
Succeeded by
George White-Thomas
James du Pre
Political offices
Preceded by
Richard Burke
Secretary to the Treasury

Succeeded by
Charles Long
Preceded by
Constantine Phipps
Marquess of Graham
Paymaster of the Forces
With: Dudley Ryder 1791–1800
George Canning 1800–1801
Sylvester Douglas 1801–1803
John Hiley Addington 1803–1804
Succeeded by
George Rose
Lord Charles Somerset
Preceded by
Edward James Eliot
King's Remembrancer
Succeeded by
Henry William Vincent